The Balance 526

With her heavily carbon reinforced structures and total epoxy construction, she sails like a racer yet remains amazingly easy to operate and maintain.


  • Price$1,620,000
  • LOA16.00 m / 52.50 ft
  • LWL15.64 m / 51.31 ft
  • Beam Overall8.26 m / 27.17 ft
  • Main Sail106 m2 / 1,141 ft2
  • Sail Area157.1 m2 / 1,690 ft2
  • DISP (Base Boat - Daggerboard12,500 kgs / 27,558 lbs
  • DISP (Base Boat – Keeled)12,500 kgs / 27,558 lbs
  • Draft (Boards Up)1.12m / 3.68 ft

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Standard Specifications

  • Owner Version 3 cabins, with dagger boards, hull colour white
  • Deck, hull and cockpit including non-skid standard colour White-Allgrip cloud white
  • Aluminium mast with single spreader and wire rigging with Antal slide system for main HS24
  • Front bar and longeron aluminium with self launching bow roller starboard side for spare anchor
  • Boom aluminium
  • Jib furling unit, manual Profurl C430
  • 2 x 50 winch Manual (Jib Sheet, Reefs) at helm
  • 1 x 50 24V Electric winch (Main Halyard & Mainsheets) at helm
  • 2 x 46 Manual winch (lifting dinghy, dagger boards and/or spinnaker and Code 0) aft end coaming
  • Main Sail Cross cut Dacron (white only) with stack pack.
  • Furling Jib Cross cut Dacron Furling (white only) with UV strip (self tacking jib)

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  • 2 Yanmar4JH45 x SD60 (45hp) diesel engines 12V/125 A alternator & 2 separate start batteries (linked)
  • Fixed props
  • C35 engine control
  • Each engine fitted with a 70A/24V auxiliary alternator for charging house bank
  • Dual Racor fuel filters for each motor
  • Batteries 400A/h capacity, 2 x 24V 200A/h, Victron Lithium-ion
  • Electrical system 230V 50Hz – All electrical sockets Euro
  • Quattro Inverter Charger, 24V 5KW, 230V
  • Two Tecma electric toilets
  • 2x Vitrifrigo DRW180 A double drawer fridge/freezer combo units

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Someone once likened the 526 to a “BMW M Series,” so who are we to argue? With her foam core hulls and decks, carbon daggerboards, heavily carbon reinforced structures and total epoxy construction, she’s built and sails just like a high-performance racing cat yet remains amazingly easy to operate and maintain.

Balance 526

  • Electric sockets Euro 220V/50Hz, 2x in each cabin, 2x in stb passage, 4x in galley, 4x at VHF/electrical panel, 3x at nav table, 1x behind saloon seat (stb)
  • USB outlets, 2x in each cabin, 1x in stb passage, 4x nav area, 4x at VHF, 1x behind saloon seat (stb)
  • Shore power cable; 15m 32A Marinco with easy lock system starboard transom step
  • All lighting LED including service areas
  • Courtesy lights (blue) one on each transom step and one in each companionway
  • Each cabin has 1 Caframo Sirocco White Fan
  • Raymarine AXIOM 9, Multi-function 9” ( Excludes charts)
  • Raymarine Quantum Q24C 18” Radar
  • Raymarine i70s Colour instruments DST tri ducers
  • Ray63 VHF Radio with external plug and a additional handset at helm
  • Raymarine Type 2/24V Short Shaft Linear Drive
  • Raymarine Evolution Autopilot with p70s control head & ACU-400, EV1 Sensor Core

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  • Outside Shower with hot and cold water – starboard transom
  • Aluminium Foldup swim ladder starboard transom, (Removable)
  • Maxwell windlass HRC10 non-capstan version, foot switches on foredeck,
  • Main anchor Rocna 40 with 70m of 10mm chain
  • Secondary anchor, Fortress FX-37, 9.5kgs with 10m of chain and 90m of rope
  • 10 Alloy mooring cleats – Goiot 8 x 330mm & 2 x 260mm on transom
  • Stainless steel stanchions with Dyneema double line guard rail
  • Trampoline 30x30 mesh, polyester UV, black colour
  • Line bags to hold dinghy, daggerboards and furler line
  • Stainless steel pulpits with seat
  • Composite handrails on transom coaming

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  • Cockpit table White composite on double telescopic legs to lower in to day bed
  • Wooden Saloon table (matching carpentry) with double fold out leaf on double telescopic leg to lower in to day bed
  • Cockpit cushions (100mm foam) covered in Sunbrella
  • Provision for 2 x 9kg (20lb) gas bottles with regulator, solenoid with emergency shut off (South African fittings)
  • Gas oven with separate 4 burner hob full size domestic appliance
  • Mattresses 150mm (6”) thick and headboards for each cabin
  • All Cabins have Dometic Oceanair pleated shades
  • All heads and showers have Dometic Oceanair white roller shades
  • Heads counter tops, Solid surface with matching basin all white with towel rails in all heads
  • Bottom paint international Micron 350 Black
  • Launching and Commissioning

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Balance uses E-glass (a Silica -based fiber) with significant carbon-fiber reinforcement in the high-load areas of our hulls and decks. Every Balance 526 is hand-laminated and vacuum-bagged with closed cell foam cores in full epoxy construction.

Optional Upgrades

  • Additional Batteries, 2 x 24V 200A/h, Victron Lithium-ion (house bank now becomes 400A/h at 48V for Integrel)
  • 3 x Glass Solar Panels 400W incl. Victron Mppt 100/30 solar regulator 48V per panel in raised composite frame
  • Single Integrel 9KW on stb engine, includes 1 x 24V 200A/h Victron Lithium-ion battery (replaces the 2x70 A prt & stb alternators)
  • Quattro Inverter Charger changes to 48V 5KW, 230V to accommodate the Integrel 48V charging system
  • Mainsail - upgrade to RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only)
  • Furling Jib - upgrade to RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only)
  • Staysail - RDL Radial Cut Laminate (Grey only), incl. Inner Forestay
  • Screecher - Radial Laminate CZ60 (silver/grey), incl. Deckgear and manual Facnor FX4500 continuous line furler
  • Aluminium performance batten receptacles
  • Hayrack upgrade on aluminium boom including trampoline

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  • Size 46 electric winch on port deck (spinnaker & Code 0 halyard)
  • 2 x Upgrade manual Size 46 winches on aft coaming to electric (dinghy, dagger boards, spinnaker & code 0)
  • 2 x Upgrade manual Size 50 winches at helm
  • Additional set switches positioned at stbd winch to operate port winch (one man operation to lift dinghy)
  • Additional set switches positioned at the helm to operate the stbd winch (one man operation with furling of jib)
  • Hayrack upgrade on aluminium boom including trampoline
  • Aircon 1x Frigomar 16BTU Saloon & 3 x 10BTU cabins sharing pumps (variable speed inverter tech)
  • Cape Horn Extreme 24VDC 54LPH (with Z-ION Protection System) (29kgs/65lbs)-Spectra
  • AIS to Raymarine system
  • Raymarine AXIOM 12 Pro-S upgrade from 9", with front mount kit at Upper helm

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  • Dual electronic throttle (up helm & down helm)
  • Switch and chain counter at helm for windlass Maxwell AA560
  • Sunshade Awnings for cockpit includes built in composite track
  • Dometic Oceanair Saloon Blinds (recess for top rail) colour white
  • Underwater lights x 2 port and starboard (blue)
  • Upgrade to 57hp engines
  • Diesel transfer pump, port to starboard and visa versa
  • 2x Gori 3 blade 15" folding propellers
  • Carbon wheel
  • Carbon stanchions (x 12)
  • Grab handles around coach roof in addition to moulded hand holds
  • Carbon line chafe plates
  • Antal roller cleats x10

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